I have a sweet tooth, but Thien doesn’t. That’s why I don’t make dessert often, because I’ll have to end up eating all of it myself! But this one’s an exception: Banana Lumpia or banana rolls.
It’s a big hit at parties. I always request my cousin, Julie, to bring it to family gatherings (Thanks cousin!). I should be ashamed that I can eat 7-8 of these marvelous crunchy coconut-y banana rolls without any hesitation, but it’s just that’s good!
The jack-fruit may be out of place, but it’s really what makes it tastes so good. If you’re not familiar with jack-fruit, they’re a tropical Asian tree. The flavor is a cross between mango & peach in my opinion, but better, I think!! Now, imagine vanilla ice cream melting as it slowly avalanches onto the rolls…yummy!
On another note, does a 12 month old toddler usually have that much energy? My daughter has been climbing/ crawling/ running (although she can’t even walk straight yet) nonstop around the house. I’m exhausted chasing after her already! She can’t even sit still for one minute!! We usually put her in her playpen but then my hubby felt bad and decided to take the playpen away. Now I’m chasing a 12 month old around the house everywhere!! How do people with 3, 4 kids maintain sanity? I really want to know their secret because I’m exhausted with just one.
· tastes absolutely amazing with vanilla ice cream
- 3 plantains (slice half crosswise, then lengthwise)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup jackfruit ( cut into thin strips)
- 12 springroll wrappers (largest size 250mm X 250mm TYJ brand)
- 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
- Water (for sealing the rolls)
- For the coconut syrup
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup coconut milk
- pinch of salt
- Cut the bananas in crosswise, then slice lengthwise. Then peel the bananas
- In a shallow dish, place brown sugar and roll the banana until well coated.
- Place the wrapper on a flat surface such as a chopping board or a big plate. The wrapper should look like a diamond shape when you look down. Fold the bottom of the wrapper up to the middle. Place one piece of banana across the wrapper, add in some jack-fruit on top of the banana (or on the side)
- Fold the right and left of the wrapper inward. Then use your fingers to hold tightly the banana and start rolling the wrapper up.
- Seal the corner of the wrapper with some water
- Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the bananas until they are golden brown. Place them on paper towel to remove excess oil.
- ** note: Use the large size spring roll wrapper if possible. This will give you a crunchier roll and prevent the bananas from breaking when frying.
- For the coconut syrup:
- In a small sauce pan, combine sugar, water, coconut milk, salt and stir until dissolve
- Let the coconut mixture simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and set aside
- Drizzles some coconut sauce on top of the banana rolls and serve with vanilla ice cream.